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SHARPSVILLE, PA. Developer buys property from city



Published: Thu, September 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The borough will have to go through the condemnation process for a Walnut Street property a second time.

By HAROLD GWIN

VINDICATOR SHARON BUREAU

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- Dunder Construction Co. of Hermitage will build four or five homes on former city property on Hall Avenue.

The city bought the land between 16th and 17th streets, almost a complete city block, at a Mercer County tax sale about two years ago and has had some expressions of interest in the site.

Borough council decided to seek bids for the land sale, and Dunder Construction made the best offer Wednesday at $21,000, said Mayor Kenneth Robertson.

The land is adjacent to an old Penn Central Railroad line and was owned by the railroad before the borough bought it.

The property is zoned for residential use and Dunder will build houses on the site, Robertson said.

Correcting an error

In other matters, Sharpsville will have to repeat the process of condemning the property at 32 S. Walnut St.

Borough Manager Michael Wilson said a clerical error resulted in the placement of a wrong street address on a deed filed with the first condemnation proceeding in August.

The result was the borough accidentally condemned the Walnut Street Lodge at 40 S. Walnut St., Wilson said.

Council voted to advertise a new condemnation ordinance listing the 32 S. Walnut St. property.

The borough has offered $35,000 for the property, saying it wants it for a Shenango Valley Shuttle Service comfort station for bus passengers as well as a small public parking lot.

The lot is needed to help develop the Walnut Street Lodge, which has no parking, borough officials have said.

They said they have been unable to come to an agreement with Richard Foltz of Hermitage, who owns the house and land at 32 S. Walnut.

Lawmakers also approved an extension of a contract with Mercer County Housing Authority to provide additional police patrols of the authority's Sharpsville Gardens apartment complex.

The authority will pay the borough up to $1,000 a month for additional patrols this month and in October.




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